Hey there, makers!
How’s everything? It’s insane how it’s already the ending of the year. Before 2017 comes to a close, I’m here to showcase three wonderful makers from a long overdue recap. At AGF we love partnering with quilt guilds and makers for different activities. So, from May to September we paired up with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and our designer Sharon Holland to host the Bountiful Mini Quilt Challenge.
The participants were asked to create a “modern mini quilt” inspired by rustic elementsthat complement the homey and earthy feel of Bountiful fabrics by Sharon Holland. We provided 24 of the guild members 10 fat quarters from the collection and we let everyone’s creativity run free.
Here are some the mini’s from the participants:
We were in awe by how creative makers got with their mini quilts. Choosing three winners was so difficult! But after long deliberation between the AGF team and Sharon we chose these three:
1st Place - Alis Volat Propriis by Maddison Stapleton
The detail in the foundation paper piecing is out of this world! Everyone agreed that this beautiful image of a bird made out of Bountiful fabrics was a winner. Check out Maddison’s story behind the quilt.
“When I read the details on the Bountiful fabric line, it immediately reminded me of summers spent on the Sandy River, sitting on the back porch of a cabin, listening to the river rush by while the birds flew between the trees. I really wanted to try creating my own foundation paper piecing. After sketching up several designs, I used the program Quilt Assistant to create my final pattern. Once it was pieced, I decided to hand quilt the bird (since I just had to give myself another new thing to learn), and then machine quilted radiating lines around it. My favorite aspect of the final mini quilt is the use of the letter G from the Art Gallery Fabric logo to create they eye of the bird”.
2nd Place - Overflow by Kimberly Lumapas
The curves in Kimberly’s mini had us completely mesmerized, not to mention that she used Bountiful in a contrasting way. This is what inspired Kimberly to make this quilt.
“I heard the word bountiful and saw the farm on the prints. It makes me think of overabundance, and with an overabundance of anything, I feel the need to share. Share with my family, my friends, my neighbors. I made a quilt of interconnecting circles because the more people we feel connected to, the more people we would want to "share the wealth" with. None of the circles in my quilt could exist without the other. Each relies on the piece next to it to be complete, just as people lean on each other. We are interdependent by necessity, and by choice”.
3rd Place - Windsong by Ruthie Windsong
This mini by Ruthie beautifully represents a windmill that’s commonly seen in vast fields. It really showed the essence of Sharon’s Bountiful collection. Take a look at what inspired Ruthie.
“I was inspired by the photos on the Pinterest board depicting distance and beautiful things growing. I pictured homesteads with windmills surrounded by fields of crops, and old barns and covered bridges with knotholes in the wood with sunlight streaming through them. The center of the mini is an appliquéd Dresden that represents the windmill placed on the coral that I see as wheat blowing in the wind. The partial Dresdens on the corners represent the covered bridges,
and most of the blades have cutout holes like old barn wood. I added a few fussy cut flowers, like wildflowers growing randomly, and the blue and green quarter square background triangles draw the eye towards the center like a dirt road running towards the horizon”.
I hope you’ve gotten inspired by the beautiful mini quilts that were made for this challenge. To read more about it, check out the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s website. Feel free to let me know which mini quilt you liked the most and what are some of the activities your local modern quilt guild hosts.
Til next time!